21 Nov Delphi, Arachova & Ossios Loukas Full Day Tour
Free pick up / drop off hotel service!!
Duration: 10 – 11 hours
Depart from Athens and drive towards central Greece, towards Delphi, the centre of the Ancient World, the “Omphalos (Navel) of Earth”, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World. Being in the heart of the Greek mainland, Delphi constitute a crossroad between the eastern and the western Greece, as well as from Thessaly to Attica.
Yet, for the Greeks, this territory means a lot more. According to the legend, Zeus released two eagles, in order to find out which is the central part of the earth; the two eagles, met each other in Delphi. According to other, earlier legends, the Oracle of Delphi was important even in the pre-classical Hellenic World (1400 B.C.).
Apart from the prophecies, Delphi was also a sanctuary where the Greeks were gathering once every four year, to participate in the so called Pythian Games, to honor god Apollo. These Games, where the second most important ones, right after the Olympic Games.
Visit the Temple of the Apollo Pythios, built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Moreover, visit the Treasure of the Athenians, the sanctuary of Athina Pronaia, the Stadium, the Theatre etc. Moreover, visit the Delphi Museum, containing masterpieces of the ancient Greek sculpture, as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (**travellers’ own interest and expenses) and, further, visit the Monastery of Ossios Loukas, which is situated at a scenic site on the slopes of Mount Helicon. It was founded in the early 10th century AD, by the hermit Loukas, whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. This Monastery, with its remarkable architecture, is classified among the most important Byzantine monasteries of Greece, included also in UNESCO’s Monument List of Global Heritage. Return to Athens in the evening.
- § Tour price: 165.00 € per adult / 82.50 € per child (up to 12 years old)
## Operating time: Departure at 08:00 – Return at 19:00
## Operating summer schedule (01 April – 31 October): Wednesday & Friday.
## Operating languages: English only.